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231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 799-5400
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline...
Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline. Located next to a marina.Serving lunch & dinner, seafood is the specialty, but other menu items are offered. Great nautical atmosphere, with water views. Outside seating in warm weather, and a function room upstairs for private parties. High quality.
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  • 54
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 17
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food and great view.

We have been here several times and love the food. From fish, to steak to pasta we have not had a bad meal. The staff is always friendly. The best times to visit are when it's warm enough to sit on the deck looking out onto the harbor.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
Chris G
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South Portland, Maine
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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Moreno Valley, California
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I visited this place at the urging of a friend who was staying in South Portland. The view is definitely the selling feature here, as you are right along the boat docks and sunset is spectacular. I had a Bloody Mary, the Calamari and Ceasar salad. The Calamari had an overcooked, vinegar taste. It's hard to ruin Calamari but I... More 

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SWG_SoPo, Manager at Salt Water Grille, responded to this review

I am so sorry to read that you did not enjoy our calamari. The vinegar taste you mention is our signature balsamic that we toss the finished calamari in. It has been a perennial favorite for over 25 years in Mr. Loring's 3 restaurants. Had you mentioned this to your server we would have been happy to make you a... More 

South Portland, Maine
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We have been here several times and love the food. From fish, to steak to pasta we have not had a bad meal. The staff is always friendly. The best times to visit are when it's warm enough to sit on the deck looking out onto the harbor.

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Portland, Maine
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is a restaurant that we usually take out- of- town guests to for the views of the harbor, marina, sunsets, and Portland skyline. Better for dinner than lunch where a lot of the menu is fried food, which we don't eat. There are a variety of offerings, vegetarian, fish and shellfish, chicken and beef. Kids menu with the usual,... More 

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New York City, New York
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We booked our dinner on the deck do we would have a great view of the fireworks and we did! We also had a good meal and great service. We even got a free pair of sunglasses !

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Relaxed environment and lovely service. Good was excellent and restaurant was fairly crowded on a Monday night.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We have eaten here before and the only reason we go is for the beautiful view. The food is never anything to get excited about. Went in today at about 4:00 pm on a beautiful day when eating outdoors was the only sensible thing to do, and the only outdoor seating options we were offered were either 1 of 2... More 

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SWG_SoPo, Manager at Salt Water Grille, responded to this review

I am so sorry to read of you unsatisfactory experience on Friday. Though it is true that we do not serve dinner until 5pm we do have the lounge and cocktail deck open during the time of your visit. The cocktail deck is still located on the front deck of the restaurant though not the table you would have preferred... More 

Cape Cod
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100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful place with the soaring ceilings, exposed beams, and expansive windows. We had a late lunch on the deck and the views were great, as was the service we received. The menu was more than just the expected seafood. Our party mixed things up with the Paella, haddock plate, a pesto pizza with shrimp, and crazy chicken.... More 

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Gotta say I would never order fish and chips, just not my thing, but my husband loves it and after seeing it being served we decided to share an order. Boy were we happy!! Great staff, awesome cocktails and best fish and chips!!

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West Buxton, Maine
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This restaurant is nicely laid out with a great harbor view and outdoors patio if you choose. The server was friendly and knowledgable but this is definitely a relaxed atmosphere. The menu is a little pricey but the plates look good and are a good portion size. The kitchen sent out out plates one at a time which was a... More 

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Sabattus, Maine
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Real strong atmosphere at this place, truly a wonderful place to visit. We were there on a Sunday night with a bigger group, service was very prompt and friendly, our waiter was a middle aged gentleman with a real strong accent, feel it was probably part of his bit, but it wasn't forced mayb a touch hard to understand at... More 

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Additional Information about Salt Water Grille

Address: 231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
Phone Number: (207) 799-5400
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  South Portland
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  South Portland
  • Phone Number: (207) 799-5400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business

Description

Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline. Located next to a marina.Serving lunch & dinner, seafood is the specialty, but other menu items are offered. Great nautical atmosphere, with water views. Outside seating in warm weather, and a function room upstairs for private parties. High quality.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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